Posts tagged: Macintosh

Want to buy an Apple related Andy Warhol painting?

You can! Next week, in fact.

 

 

On November 12th, Sotheby’s will auction off a Macintosh painting by Warhol, however the price-tag is enough to stop more than a few of us. The painting has a starting bid of $280,000, but the auction house is estimating that the painting will receive between $400,000 and $600,000.

 

 

The artwork is an acrylic and silkscreen canvas painting featuring Apple’s old rainbow logo between the words Apple and Macintosh, and is from Warhol’s “Ads” suite from 1985, which was 1 year after the OG Macintosh was released.

 

 

An intriguing tidbit about the inspiration for the painting, right from the Sauce:

 

 

“We went into Sean [John Lennon’s son]’s bedroom–and there was a kid there setting up the Apple computer that Sean had gotten as a present, the Macintosh model. I said that once some man had been calling me a lot wanting to give me one, but that I’d never called him back or something, and then the kid looked up and said, ‘Yeah, that was me. I’m Steve Jobs.’ And he looked so young, like a college guy. And he told me that he would still send me one now. And then he gave me a lesson on drawing with it. It only comes in black and white now, but they’ll make it soon in color…I felt so old and out of it with this young whiz guy right there who helped invent it.” — Andy Warhol

 

 

Interested? The auction starts on November 12 at 9:30 AM Eastern. Check it out! 

 

 

Happy Birthday Mac!

 

 

 

 

30 years and one day ago today, the Macintosh computer was introduced to the world by Steve Jobs at the Macworld computing conference in San Francisco.

 

To celebrate, Apple have added a new section in the App store, devoted to wishing their grand old computing dame a happy dirty thirty. Called  ‘Happy Birthday, Mac’, it features  apps and games from Apple and third party app designers aimed at capturing the spirit of what makes the Mac, and it’s thirty year existence, extraordinary.

 

Apple said the following about the celebration;

 

 

“When the Macintosh debuted on January 24, 1984, it fundamentally changed what a computer was – and what it could do. Software developers had an incredible new playground for their imaginations, allowing them to create groundbreaking apps and games unlike any seen before. And that’s just as true of the Mac today as it was then. Celebrate the Mac’s 30th anniversary with our specially chosen assortment of apps and games that capture the spirit of what makes this computer so extraordinary.”

 

 

Apple has also created a tribute to the Mac on their homepage with a visual timeline and a “Mac 30” video that looks at the Mac’s past and present.

 

 

The Mac was a revelation in computing, making the need to type in commands when using a computer unnecessary, instead recquiring point and click menu’s and a clear, graphical interface that is now used across the world today. It had a 9 inch screen, used floppy disks, cost $2495, and  had 128KB RAM. The current Mac Pro starts at 12BG of memory – more than 90,000 times as much as the 1984 model.

 

 

In traditional Apple form, the computer was first sneak peeked to the world in a infamous ad, directed by Ridley Scott and aired during the 1984 Superbowl.

 

 

The ad alluded to George Orwell’s novel ‘1984’ and was seen as a dig at Apple’s leading rival at the time, IBM. The Mac, apparently, was going to save people from a future dominated by IBM.

 

 

 

 

Happy Dirty Thirty Birthday Mac! We love you and everything you’ve brought into the world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images courtesy of  Computerhistory.org & Oldskull.net